FLY-TIPPERS and graffiti vandals in Hillingdon are costing the taxpayer £2 million pounds each year.
Figures show that there have been 2,416 incidents of fly-tipping in 2008, with a mind-boggling 7,000 tonnes of litter being dropped each year.
Graffiti clean-up teams have removed over 8,000 unsightly tags from the borough over the last year, and now the council is pushing for harsher penalties for offenders.
Kathy Sparks, Deputy Director of Environment and Consumer Protection said: "The council takes enviro crime extremely seriously. We need residents help to stop illegal fly-tippers, those dropping rubbish and anyone spraying graffiti in the borough by reporting them to the council. All of these acts are illegal and people can be prosecuted for them."
Fly-tipping is an arrestable offence and each incident can carry a fine of up to £50,000 and six months in prison on conviction in a magistrates court.
In a crown court, fines may be unlimited and imprisonment extend up to five years.
Those caught dropping litter which includes apple cores and cigarette butts, may also face a fine of up to £2500.
The council is currently consulting with residents across the borough about whether they think tougher action should be taken against those caught for such offences. If you would like to have your say please visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/consultation.